As the Japan’s Muslim population grows, the halal market is expanding at a rapid pace to meet the growing demands of Muslim residents as well as visitors to the country.
In many countries, special attention is being paid to the growth potential of the Halal market as one of the new engines for a sharp economic expansion, and they are taking the necessary steps to enter into this lucrative market.
Anyone with an interest in Japan should learn a little Japanese. Travelers need to know a few survival phrases; correct expressions for greetings, daily shopping, asking direction and suchlike. When you know few key phrases the daily life is easier and more pleasant.
If you start studying Japanese language before traveling to Japan, you are steps ahead because with learning the language you learn about the culture as well.
Japan has number of abandoned or vacant homes, known as "Akiya - 空き家", that has been increasing steadily since late 1970s. It’s a problem that’s set to persist because of an aging and shrinking population that has left many towns and villages empty.
By 2013, vacant homes accounted for 13.52% of total housing and there were calculated to be 8.196 million abandoned houses nationwide, according to latest data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
The history of Islam in Japan is relatively brief in relation to the religion's longstanding presence in other nearby countries.
Today however, Muslims in Japan are well established, numbering somewhere between 100,000 to 300,000 - with approximately 10% being native. Additionally, there are about 100 established Mosques and Musallahs. Outside of Japan, Muslim countries heavily trade with the country, with bilateral trade standing at some $300 billion dollars; larger even than Japan's trade with the United States.
Islam in Japan has over 3 centuries worth of history, with the earliest Muslim settlers believed to have worked in the cities of Yokohama and Kobe during the reign of the Meiji.